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5 Types of Packing Supplies You Might Need for Moving

Ready to read all about the importance of moving boxes? We didn't think so. When you're transitioning to a new home or into a self storage unit, boxes should certainly be one of the first packing supplies on your mind. But what about those other materials that could come in handy and ease your move? Whether you're looking for moving tips or a valuable list of supplies, Access Self Storage has you covered.

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5 Must-Have Packing and Moving Supplies

Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap isn’t for professional use only; it’s for everyone who wants to protect their fragile items from damage during a move. Use the bubble wrap to keep glassware, vases, mirrors, and other items from breaking. It’s an affordable option for protecting your belongings on the road.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget the shrink wrap. It can hold multiple items together and keep them from getting mixed up during the move.

Packing Paper

Packing paper is just as crucial as bubble wrap when packing. It’s useful for protecting surfaces from chips, cracks, and scratches. The paper will also protect against dirt and dust when moving tabletops from inside your home to the truck outside.

Not sold on packing paper? Try foam peanuts. The biodegradable kind dissolves in water, so the peanuts will protect your belongings as well as the environment.

Furniture Covers

You don’t want to haul an expensive couch to the truck without covering it first. Not only does a furniture cover protect against dust and scratches but also pest insects that could harbor in the cushions. The covers are breathable, too, so there’s no worry about mold or mildew growth while your furniture is in self storage.

Tape

Want your boxes to open up while you’re carrying them or during the move? Likely not. Tape is important for packing as it keeps boxes secured and reinforced. You can also use the tape to keep the packing paper on your items during transport and while they’re in storage.

Markers

Don’t be the person who uses sticky notes to label their boxes. They’ll almost certainly fall off and leave you clueless about what’s inside the box. Instead, use good old-fashioned markers to label the boxes with their contents as soon as you tape them up. Get creative by using colored markers for each room. It’ll help you organize everything better in the storage unit.

How Much Do You Need?

Not sure how many boxes or rolls of tape you will need? Though there’s no true formula to determine that, here’s a guide to give you a better idea based on your household size:

Condo or Apartment:

  • 4 extra-large boxes
  • 4 large boxes
  • 6 medium-sized boxes
  • 6 small boxes
  • 2 rolls of tape
  • 1 large roll of bubble wrap
  • 1 package of packing paper

One-Bedroom Home:

  • 6 extra-large boxes
  • 6 large boxes
  • 8 medium boxes
  • 10 small boxes
  • 4 rolls of tape
  • 1 large roll of bubble wrap
  • 1 package of packing paper

Two-Bedroom Home:

  • 10 extra-large boxes
  • 10 large boxes
  • 12 medium-sized boxes
  • 16 small boxes
  • 6 rolls of tape
  • 2 rolls of bubble wrap
  • 2 packages of packing tape

Three-Bedroom Home:

  • 16 extra-large boxes
  • 16 large boxes
  • 18 medium-sized boxes
  • 20 small boxes
  • 6 rolls of tape
  • 2 rolls of bubble wrap
  • 2 packages of packing paper

Useful Packing Tips from Access Self Storage

Our packing and moving tips, in addition to our storage units, go hand in hand. Why buy bubble wrap, tape and other supplies from the store when you can get them directly from us when you’re moving your belongings to self storage? No matter if you need furniture covers or (ahem) boxes, Access has everything needed to make your move easier and more efficient.

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